Jada C. Hunter Named 2017 West Virginia Wonder Woman

Congratulations to Southern's Board of Governors member, Jada C. Hunter, who was named to the 2017 West Virginia Wonder Women by WV Living Magazine. Ms. Hunter was selected alongside 49 other female leaders in West Virginia to receive this honor and accepted her award at the 2017 Wonder Women Luncheon held recently in Charleston, WV. Below is the article featured in the fall issue of WV Living Magazine.

THE TRAILBLAZER - After earning a teaching degree by the time she was 19, Jada Hunter kickstarted the state Human Rights Commission case that forced Mingo County to integrate its teaching staffs in the mid-1960s. She ended up teaching in Mineral County, however, where after two years she was hired as supervisor of the county vocational center’s business department. With the encouragement of her principal, she became the first black contestant and winner of the Miss Eastern West Virginia beauty pageant.

Hunter moved back to her native Mingo County after a few years in Connecticut. She taught at Lenore High School before becoming the county’s first female high school principal, at Matewan High. She was then principal at Birch High for 14 years, retiring in 2003.

Hunter remains active in her community: tutoring at a youth center in Williamson, serving on Southern Community and Technical College’s Board of Governors, and presiding over Action in Mingo, a group that organizes the county’s King Coal Festival and the Great White Way holiday event, among other happenings.

Follow the link below to check out all of the other wonderful women recognized in this issue.